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Healthy Skincare for the Summer

What do you envision when you think about your skin in summer? Smooth, firm, and glowing skin with a hint of tan, giving you that perfect sun-kissed look. But, the reality can make it difficult to get glowing skin in summer.

Summers can be brutal. When the temperature soars, the heat and humidity can make your already active oil glands hyperactive. You eventually end up with excessive sebum around the T-zone, itchy rashes, sunburn, and premature signs of aging. This is why you need a proper skin care routine as your first line of defense.

Unfortunately, most skin care products you find in chemists, supermarkets, department stores and even beauty spas are loaded with toxic chemicals that have been shown to cause everything from auto-immune disease to breast cancer.

Cleansing your face is the most basic skin care routine that you need to follow, irrespective of the season. During summers, the climate is already hot and humid. Your face tends to produce more oil during this time, so you need to change your cleanser accordingly.

Do Not Forget Sunscreen

This is something that you absolutely cannot forget during summers. Sun protection for your face, hands, legs, and any other exposed parts of your body is vital. Excessive UV exposure can permanently damage your skin and cause sunburn, wrinkles, fine lines, and premature aging. Invest in a sunblock or sunscreen that has a broad UV spectrum (at least SPF 30). Apply it twice a day on all the exposed parts of your skin.

Add Antioxidants to Your Diet

Applying antioxidants topically is not enough. To maintain radiant skin, you need to nourish it accordingly. Healthy eating is a must during summer. Consume lots of seasonal foods, such as pineapples, citrus fruits, fresh berries, seafood, and vegetables. These contain essential vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants that boost collagen production, reduce inflammation, and protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun.

Stay Hydrated

Drink lots of water and don’t forget to carry a water bottle with you wherever you go. Keep sipping from your bottle. This is important to keep your skin hydrated, flush out toxins from your body, and feel refreshed during the hot summer days.

Go Easy On Makeup

When it comes to makeup during summer months, go minimal. That’s because your skin needs to breathe when the weather is super hot and humid. If you absolutely cannot do without your foundation, go for a tinted moisturizer with SPF and layer it with face powder to avoid any patchy spots. Do not forget your lips. Instead of lipsticks, use tinted lip balms with SPF. Avoid heavy eye makeup.

Exfoliate

During summer, your skin works hard to keep itself healthy and heal any irritation or sunburn. Help your skin in this process by exfoliating it gently. Exfoliation helps buff away the dead skin cells, leaving your skin looking radiant. You can use homemade sugar scrubs as shown below to exfoliate your skin or simply grab a washcloth and use it to scrub your skin gently. However, make sure that you do not over-exfoliate your skin.

Whipped Grapefruit Mint Sugar Scrub

Ingredients
• ½ C. Coconut Oil
• ½ C. White Sugar
• Zest of 1 Grapefruit
• 1 T. Grapefruit Juice
• 10 drops Peppermint Oil
• 25 drops Grapefruit Oil
• ¼ t. Beet Juice (optional-for color)

Instructions

1. Place the firm coconut oil and white sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix together on low speed, until a thick paste is formed. Add the grapefruit zest, grapefruit juice, peppermint and grapefruit oil, and beet juice, if desired, to the mixture. Mix on low until incorporated and then turn the speed up to medium for about 20 seconds, or until mixture is well blended and fluffy. Store in an air-tight glass jar in the refrigerator.